Author / playwright
Argentinian novelist and short-story writer who combined existential questioning with experimental writing techniques in his works.
When he was four years old, his family returned to Buenos Aires to a section of town called Banfield. After finishing his studies at the University of Buenos Aires, he became a professor of French literature at the University of Cuyo, Mendoza, in the middle 1940s.
In 1951, in opposition to the Perón regime, Cortázar emigrated to France, where he lived until his death. From 1952 he worked for UNESCO as a translator. He translated among others Robinson Crusoe and the stories of Edgar Allan Poe into Spanish; indeed, Poe's influence is recognizable in his work.
In his later years he suffered a political transformation, becoming actively engaged with leftist causes in Latin America, as a result of his new found political commitments, his literary production diminished.
He married three times, with Aurora Bernardez (in 1953), Ugné Karvelis and Carol Dunlop.
Cortázar died of leukemia in Paris in 1984.